Pre-Dentistry

Pre-dentistry

Dentists work to diagnose, treat, and promote the health of their patients' teeth and gums. Students can select from a variety of undergraduate majors before applying to dental school.

Is this career right for you?

  •  Would you prefer to work in a private practice environment and keep traditional business hours?
  • Do you enjoy working with your hands?
  • Do you feel comfortable working with people, even those who are upset or ill at ease?
  •  Do you excel in science and mathematics?

Undergraduate TimelinE

FIRST YEAR

  • Focus on your grades; seek out tutoring or supplemental instruction when needed
  • Join clubs and organizations on campus
  • Attend any introductory pre-health or pre-medicine workshops or events held by departments

SECOND YEAR

  • Meet regularly with your professional and/or faculty advisor(s) in order to verify that you are staying on track with necessary prerequisite coursework; discuss specific pre-health advising questions with your faculty advisor
  • Build a strong relationship not only with your faculty/pre-health advisor, but with other faculty members in your department; consider seeking undergraduate research opportunities with these individuals
  • Continue to pursue strong grades in your courses
  • Seek out volunteer opportunities within the community
  • Begin to shadow physicians and make professional connections in the medical field
  • Pursue leadership opportunities within the clubs/organizations in which you participate

THIRD YEAR

  • Continue to meet with your faculty/pre-health advisor at least once a semester to plan your degree progress and verify that you are completing all necessary medical school prerequisites
  • Verify that your coursework matches the desired prerequisite coursework for the schools you wish to attend; add additional courses as needed
  • Build shadowing experience; also attempt to gain experience working directly with patients, either in a work or volunteer setting
  • Identify individuals to ask for letters of recommendation; these should come from faculty, pre-health advisor(s) and dentists familiar with your work ethic/ability
  • Continue to seek leadership positions in clubs/organizations on campus, as well as volunteering in your community

FOURTH YEAR

  • Begin submitting application materials between May-July (dependent on the state(s) you plan to apply to schools within)
  • Continue to excel in courses taken in final year
MAJOR
DEGREE DETAILS
LENGTH OF PROFESSIONAL TRAINING
PREREQUISITE COURSEWORK
TESTING REQUIREMENTS: DAT

The Dental Admission Test is offered throughout the year at testing sites across the country.  The test covers:

  • Sciences: biology, general and organic chemistry
  • Perceptual ability
  • Reading comprehension
  • Quantitative reasoning
APPLICATION SERVICE
APPLICATION TIMING
LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION
PRE-DENTISTRY ADVISING

Pre-Dentistry students should connect with the following individuals for advising:

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS